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We’re getting a better idea of what a new Rochester skatepark could look like. It’s slated to go under the Freddie Sue Bridge along South Ave.

The Rochester Business Journal linked to renderings of the site and a video fly through.

Final cost estimates are not in, but the city’s capital improvement plan calls for spending $2 million in 2015. It would be the largest skatepark in North America.

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– Sno Kone Joe v. Mr. Ding-a-Ling is now in a courtroom. Best. Case. Ever.

In a big show of support, the City of Rochester is seeking a consultant to design a a “world class, organic urban skatepark.” The consultant would also look at the feasibility of the plan to put a large skatepark on land to the east of the Freddie Sue Bridge, just south of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

The cost of the study is $50,000.

Roc City Skatepark, the nonprofit pushing the project, has not had much success raising funds. Initial plans called for a $2 million park. The consultant’s study will determine what the project will cost and if it’s doable.

The skatepark would go on land below a highway that wouldn’t have another purpose. Looking at all the kids doing their tricks at the Liberty Pole and Inner Loop, it’s clear they need a place to go. But garnering support for an expensive niche park might be difficult.

The study is expected to be finished in April.

When I listed 5 Big (Crazy?) Ideas for Rochester, skatepark proponents piped in about their project.

Roc City Skatepark would go right under 490 between the Genesee River and South Avenue. It would connect to the planned Erie Harbor Promenade.

The skatepark has the support of city officials, but no money. It would cost $2 million to build. The city approved a design grant, but that hasn’t been spent. Jim Maddison, who is spearheading the plan, said in a Facebook message:

Progress is slow, as we anticipated from the beginning. We are still trying to navigate the politics of getting the $50,000 the city approved for us for design fees two years ago. We were attempting to get this though a professional services, sole source contract given that we are the only organization in town that has been working on this for the past four years. But, it appears now that we are going to have to bid on the money.

I’ve always thought this was a cool idea for what would remain completely unused space. In addition, I’m constantly frustrated by teenagers using the Inner Loop as their skating playground. I have called 911 a couple times, fearing they will be hit by cars. It also irks me to see them use the Liberty Pole for stunts.

It would be great to get the skaters a park that could be a regional draw.

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